Laurine W. Johnson, Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and chair of President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) Board of Directors, says the program continues to breed the next generation of leaders through building and strengthening of human capacity for both local and central government.
The PYPP is a public service leadership organization empowering high-achieving young Liberian university graduates to provide transformative solutions to pressing policy issues and service delivery.
Ms. Johnson made the statement on Wednesday, December 12, during the annual partners meeting of the PYPP held at a resort in Monrovia. She lauded partners and supporters of PYPP, including USAID, Liberia Telecommunications Corporation and emerging public leaders for their financial, and in-kind support to the PYPP.
Ms. Johnson also praised Hh Zaizay, PYPP Executive Director and his team for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the PYPP is breeding the next generation of leaders as Liberians strive to bridge post-war capacity, and for ably conducting the affairs of the PYPP through maintaining its integrity and credibility.
“The CSA is committed to working with PYPP to scale-up the number of qualified and talented youth, who are working for the government to strengthen effective, accountable and inclusive governance through its decentralization program. The program is critical to sustainable growth, reduce poverty, and create jobs for the youth,” Ms. Johnson said.
According to her, since the establishment of the PYPP in 2009, the CSA continues to be its strongest government partner and plays a vital role in the implementation of its programs.
“We have worked from the recruitment and selection of young professionals to placement, training and absorption into the CSA of which 90 percent continue to work after graduation. PYP graduates are placed on the CSA’s payroll and are paid by the CSA immediately after graduation until their ministries and agencies absorb them on their payroll,” Johnson said.
USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anthony Chan pledged the organization’s financial and technical support to the PYPP, which he said has benefited Liberia.
Dr. Chan said with the small investments, it is producing huge dividends for those it trains and other Liberian professionals.
“As someone who spent virtually his entire life as a development worker, I know a successful development program. The PYPP is a phenomenally successful program,” Dr. Chan said.
According to him, the success of the program has motivated USAID’s management to provide both technical and financial support for the recruitment of a total of 40 President’s Young Professionals.
For Mr. Hh Zaizay, the institution will continue to build the capacity of the next generation of Liberia’s public service leaders.
Mr. Zaizay said the PYPP has placed 140 graduates in 25 ministries and agencies, and has therefore moved up the civil service career leader into middle management.
T. Nelson Williams, Board member of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, lauded PYPP’s leadership, and pledged his support and commitment to the program.